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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1421527536
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Rasetsu

Rasetsu Vol. #04

Rasetsu Vol. #04 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     March 18, 2010
Release Date: March 02, 2010

Rasetsu Vol. #04
© Viz Media

Love confessions are starting to fly, but the responses aren’t what the leads were hoping for, and an evil presence returns to remind everyone time is running out.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Chika Shiomi
Translation: Kinami Watabe
Adaptation: Kinami Watabe

What They Say
Kuryu starts to realize that Rasetsu may have feelings for Yako--and he doesn't like it one bit. When Yako falls ill, will Kuryu help him or take this opportunity to weaken his love rival?

The Review!

Jealousy rears it’s ugly head as the fourth volume of “Rasetsu” begins.  Kuryu uses his powers to toy with Yako, who remains oblivious to Kuryu’s affection for Rasetsu.  All this rivalry leads to the entire office becoming trapped in an elevator for hours on end.  The contest of will continues in the next chapter when Yako falls ill and it gives Kuryu a chance to get one over on him.  However, Kuryu might not be the one doing the manipulating, and Yako emerges from his bout of the flu with a better grasp on his water based powers.
All of this back and forth is lost on Rasetsu, who is called out by Aoi on her growing interest in Yako.  Goaded on by his words, she makes her confession – only to have it lost on Yako, who is amazingly terrible at picking up the emotions of others.  
The last case leads the whole office into the field to confront the ghosts haunting an arsonist.       It’s during this chapter that the somewhat sinister Kuryu’s past is divulged.  He sits down with Yako and tells him about his past, which Rasetsu overhears as she walks by.  It gives his character some much needed understanding and helps mend some of the rift that has grown between him and Yako.  When Kuryu gets his chance to ask Yako about his past it leads to a revelation which leaves Rasetsu distressed.  She tries to cope by ingesting copious amounts of cake. 
The timing for these events is unfortunate, though, as it’s Rasetsu’s nineteenth birthday.  A dark caller decides to visit and we get an idea of exactly what force is claimed by the demon that’s after Rasetsu. It appears that true love really might be the only thing that can save her.  One last confession at the end of the chapter leaves Rasetsu speechless for more than one reason, and only complicates things further.  Rasetsu only has a year left before the demon comes for her.
In Summary
“Rasetsu” has grown into an enjoyable read.  With time passing and a real deadline looming for our lead, the tension ratchets up in this volume, and seeing the danger the leads are up against adds a nice dimension of suspense to the story.  With some feelings finally confessed, I’m looking forward to the next volume to see how Rasetsu will respond to all that has happened.


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